Rumours have began to circulate the internet that Shelby and Ford have done something nothing short of astonishing. Nothing has been completely confirmed, but these rumours state that the Shelby GT350R has absolutely blitzed the Nürburgring in 7mins 32.19seconds. This does sound very impressive but it’s when you put this time into context you begin to realise what an amazing machine Ford and Shelby has actually built. For starters, it is over five seconds faster than it’s rival, the Camaro Z/28’s 7:37.47 lap time. This time will also mean that the GT350R is a second faster than the 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS MKII. It is only 0.8 seconds slower than the V12 Pagani Zonda F and is also in the firing line of the Ferrari 458. Of course, it has to be taken into consideration that this is not an officially confirmed lap time but if the GT350R gets near this time and still beats its main rival in the Camaro, then it is still more than impressive.
Precise numbers and specifications for this car are not available as of yet, we do know it wields the same 5.2-litre V8 engine found in the standard GT350 so should comfortably chuck out more than 500bhp. Differences between the standard GT350 and the ‘R’ derivative is that it focuses on track performance. It has stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, it weighs around 60kg less than before thanks to the lack of air conditioning and also uses other means of weight saving. The suspension is slightly lowered in the R to improve handling and coincidentally gives it an even meaner stance, there is also cooling upgrades for the engine, transmission and differential. Carbon fibre wheels which save nearly 6 kilograms of unsprung weight find a home in each corner.
As well as the lack of air conditioning, other luxuries have also gone such as rear seats , boot lining and audio system in an attempt to save weight. Despite the fact that Ford are yet too confirm this staggering lap time, it is still safe to bet that the GT350R is the best performance Mustang to date.